3310 South Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63118
The parish mission statement: "St. Pius V is an urban faith community composed of diverse people. Rooted in our neighborhood and with doors open to all, we gather to praise God, proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ, foster spiritual growth, teach our children and love one another. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, we work for peace and justice in our city and our world."
St. Pius V Catholic Church is located in the heart of South St. Louis City, in the South Wedge area of the Tower Grove East Neighborhood. Situated at the corner of South Grand Boulevard and Utah Street, St. Pius V serves as an anchor to the neighborhood and to the thriving business district located along South Grand Boulevard.
St. Pius V began humbly over a century ago as an Irish immigrant church, and by World War II had grown to be one of the largest, most prestigious parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The post-war baby boom swelled its membership and school enrollment, and prompted expansion and improvements of the church and grounds by the mid-1950's.
But by the 1970's, south St. Louis' ethnic makeup was beginning to change again as middle-class whites fled for the suburbs. Blacks, Asian, and African immigrants and refugees took their place in the 1980's. The dramatic demographic shift during the 1980's and 90's created social tension and demanded a response; parishioners were mobilized to advocate for social change, a value still held today. In the 1990's the 10 a.m. liturgy became more vital with warmer hospitality, livelier music and more dynamic preaching. St. Pius' ministries to the elderly, homebound, immigrant and poor grew. Parish finances were stabilized and stewardship was emphasized.
As St. Pius neared its centennial, it closed its school and merged with another to form St. Frances Cabrini Academy in 2003. In late 2004, as St. Pius V Parish was threatened with closure as part of a realignment of the South St. Louis City Deanery, its parishioners strenuously defended its viability and purpose and persuaded the Archdiocese to allow it to remain open.
Today, St. Pius V is home to nearly 500 diverse Catholic households: a mix of old, young, families, singles, refugees, immigrants, longtime city residents, and folks who travel from the county and beyond. It is known throughout the Archdiocese and the city for its vibrant worship, its social outreach, especially to immigrants and refugees, its welcoming spirit, and its faithful stewardship. Over a century after its founding, St. Pius V is still a vibrant and growing parish, looking to the future with faith!
Ministry Practicum Possibilities:
A student intern could assist with the RCIA, if there is anyone in the process; attend committee and commission meetings, as well as Parish Council, to come to a broad understanding of how a parish actually works; liturgy and worship; and faith formation. St. Pius V has a very active St. Vincent de Paul Society, a well-known immigrant and refugee ministry (Sr. Paulette Weindell oversees this ministry), and works with the elderly and homebound as well. (Sr. Dorothy Ann Katke oversees this ministry.)
*For the practicum to be mutually beneficial, Sr. Mary recommends that the intern be Catholic. However, she is certainly open to a non-Catholic student who has an interest in ministry at St. Pius V.
*Each intern is required to have the Missouri criminal background screening completed with the results received before the semester begins.
*Students who are residents of Illinois must also have the Illinois criminal background screening completed with the results received prior to the start of the semester.
*The student must attend the Archdiocesan workshop Protecting God's Children prior to working in the parish if she/he plans to work with children.
Hours are flexible. Keep in mind that Sr. Mary Henry is not in the office on Friday or Saturday. She is at the parish on Sunday mornings until noon or a little after.
Number of Positions Available: 1
Past Aquinas Interns at This Site:
Jen Crouch (FA2010)
Sr. Mary Henry
Sr. Mary Henry, CCVI
314-772-1525, ext. 203
Best time to reach Sr. Mary Henry:
Monday thru Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Supervisor's Bio/Additional Comments:
Sr. Mary Henry is an Incarnate Word Sister and a native of San Antonio, Texas. She has lived is St. Louis for the past 10 years, earning her MAPS degree from Aquinas Institute of Theology in 2006. While a student at Aquinas Institute, Sr. Mary served as an intern at St. Pius V as part of the fulfillment of the degree. She was hired to serve as Pastoral Associate and has been working full time at St. Pius since then.
Sr. Mary Henry describes herself as one who supervises from "afar." She asks for assistance with a particular aspect of a project after some conversation about "how we go" and "where we go," and then she lets go. She observes, offering suggestions or feedback about how something might be more effectively accomplished. Sister Mary is open to new ways, is responsive to ideas, and praises easily.
Reviewed March 2013